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Cardiff Bay beach brings seaside to the city

Aerial shot of Cardiff Bay's urban beach
Roald Dahl Plas in Cardiff Bay will be transformed until August 31st Credit: Orchard

Visitors and locals in Cardiff this weekend will get a taste of the seaside as the Cardiff Bay urban beach returns for a second year.

It follows the huge success of last summer's event when a quarter of a million people visited the attraction at Roald Dahl Plas.

The event will run until August 31st.

"Urban beaches are firmly established in major European cities such as Paris, Berlin and Madrid so it's great that residents and visitors to Cardiff have another good reason to cancel this year's holiday plans and soak up the sunshine in the heart of Cardiff Bay instead."

– Cllr Peter Bradbury, Cardiff Council


Friday's Commonwealth action

Here's a run down of what to expect from Team Wales in Glasgow today.

There's more swimming action after successful races from Jazz Carlin and Jemma Lowe yesterday.

Cyclist Elinor Barker is also due to compete in the quarter finals of the 3000m individual pursuit and the boxing gets underway for Sean McGoldrick and Andrew Shelby.

Glasgow 2014

Click here for the full schedule.

Health minister: 'Indisputable evidence price of alcohol matters'

The health minister Mark Drakeford says today's report supports the view that a minimum unit pricing of alcohol will help prevent alcohol misuse in Wales.

The Welsh Government first introduced the proposals in a public health White Paper in April which also included a ban on e-cigarettes in public places.

"There is indisputable evidence that the price of alcohol matters. It is no coincidence that as the affordability of alcohol has improved substantially so has alcohol-related death and disease.

“A minimum unit price will make a strong contribution to preventing alcohol overuse and misuse and reducing alcohol-associated illnesses. The panel’s report supports this view. “We will now develop our proposals further with a view to introducing the Public Health Bill in early 2015.”

– Professor Mark Drakeford

Independent panel calls for minimum alcohol pricing

The Welsh Government should introduce the minimum unit pricing of alcohol, an independent health panel has recommended.

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The Welsh Government’s Advisory Panel on Substance Misuse (APoSM)says it would help to address alcohol-related harm among people most affected by hazardous and harmful levels of drinking.

Wales has a higher rate of alcohol-related deaths than England. There were 504 alcohol-related deaths in 2012.

In the last 10 years, alcohol misuse accounted for more than 5,000 deaths in England and Wales.

“Alcohol health and social harm problems are preventable. Expert evidence and research confirms cheaper drinks are favoured by those who drink hazardously or harmfully, and a minimum unit price would have a disproportionate targeting effect on problematic drinking, reducing alcohol problems and achieving health and other benefits for individuals and our communities as a whole."

– Kyrie Ll James, chair of the Advisory Panel on Substance Misuse

Last year, the UK Government made a controversial u-turnon the issue due to a 'lack of convincing evidence' that it would have an impact on alcohol consumption.


Gymnasts win Wales' first Commonwealth Games medal

Frankie Jones
Frankie Jones was selected as the Team Wales flag bearer for the games in Glasgow. Credit: PA

Rhythmic gymnasts Francesca Jones, Laura Halford and Nikara Jenkins have made history by winning Wales' first ever Commonwealth Games team medal as they claimed silver in Glasgow.

The trio finished behind favourites Canada thanks to an all-round consistent performance, with Jones especially impressive on the way to a second-placed finish in the qualifications for the individual all-around.

Renew tax credit claim in a week or lose it warning

The tax credits renewal deadline is a week away say HM Revenue and Customs.

More than 865,000 claimants have still not yet renewed their tax credits and they only have until 31st July to do so, or payments might end.

Tax Credit
Last year more than 650,000 people failed to renew on time.

This year, for the first time, claimants can renew online at GOV.UK, as well as being able to renew by post and phone.

Time is running out for people in Wales to renew their tax credits, or they risk losing their money. The majority of people can renew online this year, which is quick, easy and can be done at a time of day to suit them.

– Nick Lodge, HMRC
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